Peter Cunningham

Peter Cunningham is the executive director of Education Post. He recently served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.

Peter is affiliated with Whiteboard Advisors, a DC-based education policy, research and communications firm. He serves on several non-profit boards, including Oakland-based Great Schools, which provides school quality information to parents through a national on-line platform, The Montessori School of Englewood, a Chicago public charter school, Manufacturing Renaissance, a career education program that trains public high school students for jobs in manufacturing, Unbounded, an organization supporting teachers in schools that are transitioning to higher standards, and Foolproofme.com, which is focused on financial literacy for students.

Peter founded Cunningham Communications, serving public, private and non-profit clients, worked for political consultant David Axelrod, and was a senior advisor and speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

A native New Yorker, Peter began his career as a journalist with small weekly newspapers in New York. He earned an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy from Duke University. He is married to artist, Jackie Kazarian, and they have two adult children who are proud graduates of the Chicago Public Schools.

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Posted Jan. 17, 2017
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The Fight That Should Matter Most to Progressive Advocates for Children Is Accountability

In 2007, candidate Barack Obama stood before the National Education Association and made it clear that he supports testing, accountability,…

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Posted Jan. 3, 2017
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Does School Accountability Matter to the Trump Administration?

With 2017 upon us and a new administration in Washington prepared to take over, it’s a good time to reflect…

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Posted Dec. 14, 2016
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Coffee Break: Kate Walsh on How the ‘Tide is Turning’ on Teacher Quality

Since 2003, Kate Walsh has been working hard to improve the teaching force in our schools—an undisputed key to better…

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Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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Here’s What the NAACP Had to Say in Defense of Its Stance on Charter Schools

As advocates for public school choice, we disagree strongly with the NAACP’s call for a moratorium on charter schools and…

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Posted Dec. 5, 2016
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Robert Pondiscio Is Creating a False Battle Over School Choice

Fordham Institute’s Robert Pondiscio is at it again, sowing discord in the education reform community by pitting public charter and…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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Are Charter Schools and Teachers Unions Compatible?

All of us at Education Post believe that open, honest conversation among people with a diversity of viewpoints can help…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016
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Coffee Break: BIE’s Brad Jupp on Native American Education, Embracing Tribal Culture and Sharing Stories of Hope

Brad Jupp is a former teacher with the Denver Public Schools who worked in the U.S. Department of Education during…

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Posted Nov. 23, 2016

Statement on President-Elect Trump’s Nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos is a well-known proponent of school choice, but her home state of Michigan, where she has played an…

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Posted Nov. 23, 2016
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Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With the Families in Chattanooga

There is no greater trust than that of parents who hand over their children to schools every day, believing, hoping…

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Posted Nov. 22, 2016

Statement on Antwan Wilson’s Appointment as New Chancellor of D.C. Public Schools

Oakland Unified School District Superintendent Antwan Wilson has been named by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel E. Bowser as the new…

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Twinkies, Teachers and Cash: How Teacher Pensions Are Funding the Demise of Labor Unions

Teacher pension funds have a lot of money, and they have to find productive places to invest it. The California teacher pension fund (CalSTRS) alone…

By Max Marchitello

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

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